Interactive Biology

MindSpec promotes its autism database AutDB as a resource of collective knowledge by encouraging participation of the research community in reviewing, updating and analyzing its data.

To achieve these goals, we have created the following AutDB tools:


Workspace is a simulated environment of AutDB where users can interact with its gene sets.  With this tool, users can analyze reference gene sets from AutDB along with their own genetic datasets without the need of entering the user’s genes into the database.


Distributed Annotation Initiative 

To establish AutDB as a tool for collective knowledge of autism research, we incorporated interactive features which allow researchers to edit/add data.  In this manner, the scientific community can enter newly identified gene candidates into AutDB to allow the latest knowledge to be accessible to the public.